Can I participate in Explore more than once?
Yes, but every effort is made to accomodate first-time applicants. Any remaining places are awarded to wait-listed applicants.
Can I take both the Explore spring and summer courses?
No, you can take only one session a year.
How much is the bursary?
Is the bursary paid to me?
No, the bursary is paid directly to the educational institution where you will take your course.
Is this a new program?
No, it has existed since 1971, previously under the name of the Summer Language Bursary Program (SLBP).
What is the policy about using the target language?
Each participating Explore educational institution has a policy about using the target language. These CMEC-approved policies are provided in writing to students prior to the start of the course. Students who fail to comply with these rules may be asked to leave.
Can I arrive before or after the course start date?
No, you must arrive on the date set by the educational institution.
Do I get credits and whom should I talk to about them?
All participating institutions provide participants with an official certificate. Whether you get credits depends on the educational institution that you will be attending during the following academic year — you should approach that institution directly to ask about credits.
Do I have to bring course materials?
No, materials are supplied by the educational institution. The materials required for teaching, such as course manuals, posters, audiovisual equipment, lab materials, and some exercise leaflets used in class will be provided or lent by the institution.
You must provide your own supplies, such as pencils, pens, notebooks, binders, and paper. Having a French/English dictionary at your disposal is recommended during your entire immersion stay.
How long are the courses?
Is there an evaluation test at the end of the course?
Yes, the institution will administer a post-session test at the end of the course to assess your progress.
Where and when do I take the language test?
You usually take the test when you arrive at the host educational institution.
Will the other students in my course have the same level of proficiency in French?
Yes. You will take a language test before the course starts so that you can be assigned to a group that has the same proficiency level.
What are the activities and workshops like?
Each program offers its own activities and workshops. Some programs focus on themes, such as radio/communications, drama, outdoor activities, off-campus tours, and major culture landmarks.
Will I have any free time between classes and activities?
Yes. Please refer to the course calendar that your institution will provide you.
Can I apply if I’ll be old enough after the course starts?
No, you have to be old enough by the time the course begins.
Can I be exempted from some of the eligibility requirements?
No, you have to meet all the requirements by the time the course starts.
Can I still get a bursary if I’m not good in French?
Yes. If you get a bursary, you will take a language test and be in one of the appropriate levels — beginner, intermediate, or advanced.
How old do I have to be to take part in Explore?
You have to be at least 16 years old. Each school has its own age requirements.Click on “Where to Explore?” for more information.
If I am under 18, do I need my parents’ official authorization to participate?
Yes. If you are not 18 at the time of your application, you need the signature of a parent or guardian.
Is there a maximum age to apply to Explore?
What is a "non-bursary" student?
Some institutions accept students who have not received an Explore bursary. These students are “non-bursary” and must cover their own tuition, course materials, meals, and accommodation.
Who is eligible to apply?
You are eligible to apply for the program if you are a Canadian citizen or have permanent-resident status (those studying in Canada on student visas are not eligible), and be at least in Grade 11 (secondary 5 in Quebec) during the preceding school year or be at the postsecondary level by the time your Explore course begins, and were enrolled in school full time for at least one term during the current school year.
Can I apply through both Quebec’s Web site and the myexplore.ca Web site if I am a resident of Quebec?
No. Duplicate applications are not permitted. All permanent residents of Quebec should use the MELS Web site to apply. Anglophones temporarily studying in Quebec, with a permanent address outside of Quebec, must use the myexplore.ca website to apply.
Can I fax a photocopy of my proof of citizenship if I forget to enclose it with my application?
Yes. Click on “Where to send your application?,” which has the fax number for the coordinator of your home province or territory.
Can I fax or e-mail my application?
No. Faxed or e-mailed applications are generally not accepted.
Can I use my Odyssey account to apply for Explore?
Yes. If you have an account for any of our programs (Explore, Destination Clic, or Odyssey), you can use it to apply to any of the others, provided you meet the eligibility criteria.
Do you accept application forms postmarked after the February 28 deadline?
No. However, the deadline is sometimes extended. Check our Web site periodically.
How can I maximize my chances of getting a bursary?
Be as flexible as possible when filling out the “Preferences” section, i.e., check off as many options as possible.
How do I print a copy of my PDF application?
You must be logged in to your on-line profile and be on the My applications page. Click the printer icon directly to the right of your application number.
I completed the three steps of the on-line application process (not applicable to Quebec applicants). Do I need to print and send in any documentation?
Yes. You must print out your completed PDF application, sign and date it, and mail it, along with supporting documentation. Note: Do not send screenshots of your application details. You must print and use the PDF application.
I didn’t receive my tax slip. What do I do?
Your tax slip is issued by the educational institution where you took the course. Contact the educational institution directly.
I got the error message, “The e-mail address you entered already exists.” What should I do?
You must have already created a profile for one of our programs (Explore, Destination Clic, or Odyssey). If you have forgotten your username, click on I forgot my password on the Sign In page. A new temporary password will be e-mailed to you.
If you have forgotten your password, click here
The printable PDF application did not load on my screen. What should I do?
It is likely your Internet browser has disabled pop-ups from our site. Make sure to enable pop-ups. Also, make sure you have Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer.
What documents are accepted as proof of citizenship?
A photocopy of your valid Canadian passport, Canadian birth certificate, or baptismal certificate. IMPORTANT: These documents are used to establish your eligibility to the program. Institutions will require more documentation to proceed with your registration, should you receive a bursary.
Where can I get an application form?
Click here to apply on-line.
Why does the on-line application ask whether I am a resident of Quebec or not?
Quebec handles the on-line application of its candidates through the MELS Web site: http://www.afe.gouv.qc.ca/en/autresProgrammes/explore.asp. If you are a resident of Quebec, you must complete your application by using the above link. Failure to do so will result in your application not being processed by Quebec and you will not be part of the bursary draw.
I forgot my password. What should I do?
As long as you still have your username and the e-mail address you registered with, you can retrieve your password by clicking on I forgot my password on the Sign In page. A new temporary password will be e-mailed to you.
I forgot my username. What should I do?
For security reasons, you cannot generate a new password without your username. Therefore, you should contact email@example.com for technical assistance. Tip: Check your e-mail inbox for the original message sent to you upon completion of your on-line application. It contains your username.
Can I change educational institutions or sessions once my name is selected?
No. Exceptions may be made only in exceptional circumstances (e.g., illness, death of a relative, etc.). A request must be presented to the coordinator of your home province or territory, along with supporting documentation. The request must be approved by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC).
Can I take part in the immersion program with my friends?
Bursaries are awarded by random draw, and the chances of being able to participate at the same institution with your friends are quite limited.
Could I be assigned to an institution that I did not pick?
Every possible effort is made to assign you to one of the institutions of your choice, but some participants are assigned elsewhere if their chosen institution is already full. A bursary could be offered to you elsewhere if you indicated so on your form.
How and when are successful applicants selected?
The names of successful applicants are randomly drawn by computer around the end of March.
How long will I have to accept or refuse the bursary if my name is drawn?
Following the initial draw, you will have 10 business days from the time the institution contacts you. For additional draws, the confirmation period will be much shorter.
If I have not received an e-mail in April, what should I do?
Be proactive. Log into your on-line profile and check your application status.
If my name is drawn, can I get the names of other students who’ll be travelling from the same region?
For privacy reasons, we can’t release any information about applicants.
What should I do if I want to refuse the bursary?
Contact the institution to let them know. You will not be penalized for refusing the bursary. If you still meet the eligibility requirements, you can apply again next year.
When are successful applicants selected?
The initial random draw takes place around the beginning of April.
When do I find out whether my application has been accepted?
You’ll receive an e-mail in early April.
Why is there a waiting list?
To fill the places of participants who refused a bursary. Don’t despair! Bursaries are awarded throughout the spring and summer to replace bursary recipients who decide not to participate, so you may still get the opportunity to explore another corner of the country.
Can I choose where I take part in the Explore program?
Yes, when you fill out your application form, you can indicate your top three preferences. You can also agree to go to different region(s) or session(s) (spring or summer). You may be assigned elsewhere if your chosen educational institution is at capacity.
How can I get more information about the educational institutions?
Click on “Where to Explore?”, check their Web site or send them an e-mail.
How were the educational institutions chosen?
The educational institutions were chosen for their high-quality programs and have been accredited by CMEC.
When do I have to let the educational institution know about my special needs?
If you have a disability, require medical care, etc., you must contact your host institution as soon as you receive the e-mail informing you of the status of your application. Please note that you may be assigned to an institution other than the one you have chosen, which will be better able to assist you.
Will I be picked up at the airport?
Ask your host institution about arrival arrangements.
Can I change accommodation during the session?
Generally, no. If you have a major concern, contact the educational institution.
Can I choose the type of accommodation I will be staying in during the session?
No. Your host institution will let you know what type of accommodation you have been assigned.
When do I find out whether I’ll be living with a host family or in a university residence?
You will receive information about accommodation from the institution prior to the start of the course.
Are all the activities free, or do I have to pay for some of them?
Educational institutions offer free activities included in the program. There may be a cost for additional activities. Your institution will inform you of any such costs.
Do I have to pay for my travel?
Yes, you have to pay for your travel to and from the location of the program.
Do I have to send in the registration fee along with my application form?
No. The fee is payable once your host institution contacts you.
If I have to pay a deposit, will I get it back?
Yes. Your host institution is required to let you know how and on what conditions you can get your deposit refunded.
Is the registration fee refundable?
What do I have to pay to participate in Explore?
A $200 registration fee, and possibly a deposit, to your host institution
What is the deposit for, and when do I have to pay it?
The deposit covers any damage caused by course participants. The list of institutions requiring a deposit can be found under “Where to Explore?”.
When do I have to pay the registration fee and deposit?
The registration fee (and deposit, if any) are to be paid to the host institution before the course starts, as instructed by the institution.
I’d like to participate in Explore, but I also want to work.
You can participate in Explore in either spring or summer, which leaves you time to work. Some institutions also offer the Languages at Work program. Call 1-800-267-5173 for more information.
What is Languages at Work?
Languages at Work is a Young Canada Works program that offers some Explore participants a summer job at the end of the course. The purpose is to give you an opportunity to speak your second language in a work setting once you have completed Explore.
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Explore is «diversity», «opportunity» and «Exploration».
Marie-Émeline Pierre Louis – Glendon College ESL